Reports produced by the Royal College
of Psychiatrists and made available for general distribution fall
into one of three categories:
College Reports (previously known as Council
Reports) constitute official
Position statements are concise
statements of College policy.
Occasional Papers are produced by
Departments or Sections of the College with the aim of providing
information or provoking discussion.
(Reports are generally only published
online, however, you may be able to buy print copies of some older
More about the
work of the College Policy Unit.
- Faculties are an
integral part of the College, and any legal obligation arising from
their publications rests with the College.
Reports, Position Statements and other guidance for
publication need to be sanctioned by the College via the Policy and
Public Affairs Committee.
reports for publication and Occasional Papers need to be
sent to the Policy and Public Affairs Committee for
publications are sent to Council for information.
Guidance for Writing College
The College has prepared formal guidance for the
preparation, writing and approval of official policy. It includes
procedures on creating and running a policy working group,
formatting and referencing, and submitting reports to the Policy
and Public Affairs Committee. The guidance also offers information
on the College’s Race Equality Action Plan, brief legal and media
advice, and administrative support provided by the library.
Preparation of College Policy (2014)
Please note this guidance is only for use by members of the
relevant working party.